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December

Total celebrates first year of COGOP
05 December, 2007

Total welcomed 40 dealers to its anniversary seminar at Fawsley Hall in Northamptonshire last month, in recognition of one year of the COGOP - company owned group operator. Total's retail director Marc Dagniaux announced last year that the company wanted to get closer to dealer groups because it could see the benefit of working together in complementary

Thumbs up for Lee
05 December, 2007

Lee Nicholls, who runs St.Matthews Service Station in Leicester, has a novel way of dealing with customers who fill up then say they cannot pay - he uses an £8 ink pad to take their thumb prints.

Roydon is revived with improved site
05 December, 2007

Roydon Service Station in Norfolk, which closed for business at the begining of the year when the owner wanted to retire, has re-opened as a Gulf site.

in brief
05 December, 2007

The UK's first bioethanol plant has been officially opened in Norfork by British Sugar. Located next to the company's beet sugar factory in Wissington, the plant aims to produce 70m litres of bioethanol per year from 110,000 tonnes of locally-grown sugar beet. The sugar factory will use its combined heat and power plant to provide energy for the bioethanol plant.

Results of this month's online poll:
05 December, 2007

Do you agree with the Competition Commission's findings that large grocery retailers do not put convenience stores at a disadvantage?

'Greavous' harm
05 December, 2007

As Shell continues its relentless cut-price fuel strategy, the rest of the petrol retailing industry continues to scratch its head in total disbelief. None more so than independent dealer Graham Greaves, who runs a third-generation family-run petrol forecourt and coach business - Henry Cooper, Lane End Garage in Annitsford, Northumberland -with his wife Pamela and

In the surgery this month - Esso On the Run, Banbury, Oxfordshire
05 December, 2007

GENERAL APPEARANCE: As it's over a year since I visited an Esso On the Run site, I decided to 'stealthcheck' the next one I saw. Just on the southern edge of Banbury, on the A4260 Oxford Road, I saw the distinctive pole of an Esso On the Run and pulled in to make a visit.

Fuel price shock?
05 December, 2007

Most people have been dreading it for a long time, but we've now broken through the £1-per-litre barrier at the pumps and this time it's probably for keeps. Sure, as this is being written, some sites are still selling unleaded at 99.9ppl, but it's unlikely that they'll be able to keep that up for much longer.

Service Centre with Jac Roper
05 December, 2007

== Another abuse of power ==

Fantastic four
05 December, 2007

There was stiff competition in the main route category of this year's Forecourt Trader of the Year Awards.

When a major car manufacturer like Ford predicts that sales of its electrified cars will outnumber petrol and diesel models by 2022, does that ring alarm bells about the possible speed of change for forecourts?